A Commentary on the Satires of Juvenal by Edward Courtney

By Edward Courtney

Edward Courtney's research of the Satires of Juvenal is the one full-scale observation at the corpus because the 19th century and keeps its price for college kids and students a iteration after its first visual appeal in 1980. This remark comprises the findings of classical learn as much as that point, together with the paintings of A. E. Housman, new discoveries resembling these of papyri, and the increasing horizons of classical learn. Courtney elucidates the shape of every poem and the development of idea, and provides many feedback for the adjustment of conventional punctuation. as well as simple rationalization of the textual content, the statement deals an in depth knowing of the literary and old context, together with thorough remedy of social customs, realia, improvement of the Latin language, and rhetorical beneficial properties. The creation discusses Juvenal's existence, his improvement as a satirist, his view of society and morals, his type, and his dealing with of metre.

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Or again perhaps he was capable of consciously twisting things and putting them in the blackest possible light in order to reinforce the essential point of his message. Can he be convicted of such misrepresentation? And if so, how? There are three criteria which can be applied. Is he contradicted by other evidence (in which case we have to be sure that he knew the facts)? Is he contradicted by himself? Does he put things in such a way as to betray awareness of the weakness of his case? Examples of all three can be found in his work, though the following discussion must not be taken to imply that all Juvenal’s misrepresentations are deliberate.

133–6 and 220–6 (perhaps interpolation is partly responsible here). 63 repeats 62, and 68–9 and 93–6 are verbose and repetitive (97–8 too, which are concerned with captatio, are not directly relevant here). 557–64. 127–33 is wearisome. 62–7, it cannot always be said to succeed. 121–4 (signalled as such by himself), 164–7 (Quintil. 127–34. | [ 49 ] Juvenal’s Metre This section is not intended to provide a complete repository of facts about the metrical practice of Juvenal, but simply to pick out some facets of particular significance for the general character of his versification, and to illustrate this by comparison with Vergil, Horace’s Satires, Persius, and contemporary epic (Statius and Silius).

1 expresses the opinion that human life always remains essentially the same, but who declaims more often on degeneracy from the past than Seneca? ), but he himself often pokes fun at it (as in the preceding lines). 39), but the intellectual scepticism of his own day (cf. 6) he did not see how religion was integral to early Roman society. A corollary to this second consequence is that each generation of writers, in order to shame their contemporaries, tended to put the beginning of ‘corruption’ later, and thus produced anachronisms which made the life-style of early Rome seem to last far later than in fact it did, as if it really could be reconciled with an imperial role.

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